... go to another dr for a second opinion. The reason for this is because my whole life ive had some depression and was on effexor which worked great until i built a tolerance to it and it quit working. Also They've tried 3 different mood stabilizers in the last 6 months and the only thing they've done is bring me down to where i have no energy and feel like doing nothing. If i was bipolar then wouldn't being on the antidepressant alone make me worse and being on the mood stabilizers have made me better? I'm drifting here alone because when i asked for the 2nd opinion from a different dr the dr dropped me as a patient... i guess i offended him greatly by asking. Ive got another week before i can see a different dr and im kind of afraid that ill unintentionally mislead him when diagnosing me because i disagreed with the other drs assessment of symptoms i reported. Any feedback is greatly appreciated
I try not to diagnose myself and don't get caught up in the labeling. We are all different. I am bipolar 2, as opposed to bipolar 1, and have to take antidepressants and a mood stabilizer. Try to concentrate on treating the symptoms regardless of the label. If you present your symptoms accurately, the doc will know what to treat and the actual diagnosis becomes just a way of categorizing.
sweet; You are thinking all of this, And as Laurie have said and I really believe this is the label they put on us makes no difference because I think some people they just try and get them to focus on what they tell us your problem is and work on it from there.Like very common when I first went in 40 years ago everything was my Mothers fault etc.But as far as the medications it's a lot of trial and error the same medications are used for many different reasons.True with bipolar they many times use a stabilizer and a antidepressant but not always at the same time they want to see how you react to one medication before they add another that is why so many of us that are doing well have more of what we call a cocktail meaning you have several different medications you are having to take to stabilize you.And if you're lucky you might get by with just one.very rare nowadays unless it is one of the medications that have more than one medication in it. Any way you well find it to your benefit is let them label you whatever the bottom line is to be able to discuss what problems you are having and the doctor being able to prescribe something that is going to benefit you be it Bipolar 1 or Bipolar 2 or OCD etc. Lots of the current medications work for many different things. So just get into this other doctor and explain what is going on and if he or she comes up with the same or different thing go with the flow.You're going to be okay you just have to learn to play this game which is not easy because lots of the medications can take from 4 to 8 weeks to even show any improvement so it also takes a lot of patience on our part. Best of luck to you hope you feel better after your next appt. Chuck1957
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